Corangamite Shire calls on community to help manage iconic mount

The Mount Noorat crater.
The Mount Noorat crater.

The community is being called on to take the lead in managing iconic volcanic cone Mount Noorat.

The estate of the late Niel Black gifted the mount to the Corangamite Shire, and the council is now looking for 10 community members to help manage the site.

Mayor Jo Beard said a community management model would be established.

“The committee will involve the wider Noorat community to develop a management plan and outline the vision for Mount Noorat,” she said.

“The plan will guide the committee’s activities on the mount by setting out objectives and actions that strive to enhance Mount Noorat as a valued community asset and tourist destination.”

Cr Beard said the 10 community members would be appointed for two or four years, on a rotating basis.

“They will be chosen based on why they are interested in being a member, how they can contribute, and what skills and experience they have to offer,” Cr Beard said.

“We encourage community members to take ownership of this beautiful natural asset which can become a rich and rewarding part of community life for Noorat, and the shire as a whole.

“This is an opportunity for residents to have input and help shape the future of Mount Noorat and ensure use of the natural environment reflects the community’s needs and aspirations.”

Speaking when the council took on the site in September, Noorat-based councillor Helen Durant said the local community was thrilled the plan was proceeding.

“Mount Noorat holds a very special place in the hearts of the people of Noorat and the members of the community have made it very clear that they want to be involved in its future management,” she said.

“The gifting to Corangamite Shire will allow the community… to enjoy this beautiful and iconic place.”

Cr Lesley Brown said adding the 145-hectare site to the council’s books was a positive for the Noorat community.

“Now we have Mount Noorat, Mount Elephant and Mount Leura as well, so it’s a wonderful thing for the shire,” she said.

A public drop-in session will also be held at the Noorat Scout Hall on November 27 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

For more information on the positions, contact the shire on 5593 7100 or visit www.corangamite.vic.gov.au